"Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada"! The neon sign welcomes visitors from far and wide to a city that is best known for its casinos. But Vegas is so much more than casinos and buffet restaurants. Yes, it still has its seedier sides, but the city abounds with fun and exciting things for kids of all ages.
Read more to see what to do and where to go if you take your kids to Las Vegas.
Surviving a long flight can be a major feat. We love exploring new destinations, but getting there can present a list of challenges. In spite of the challenges, I try to keep the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson in mind: "Life is a journey, not a destination." The following tips will help you prepare for a long flight so that your journey can be as enjoyable as possible on the way to your destination.
Preparing for a long flight? Read more to see my long haul flight tips.
Traveling with kids is not like traveling before (or without) kids. Kids are prone to the same tantrums, meltdowns, big big feelings, and picky eating while traveling as they are at home. But while traveling with your kids may not be effortless and it may look much different than traveling before kids, there are ways to alleviate the added stress that exhaustion and frustration from travel may cause.
Read on to see my tips for traveling with kids.
This year we decided to try to do Elf on the Shelf. We found the book at a charity shop and got a generic plush elf to start with, as we did not know how our two-year-old would react to the elf. On November 30th, Emmett and I read Elf on the Shelf together, and although the book focuses on encouraging the child to act right during the month of December in order for the elf to make a good nightly report to Santa, I knew that a.) my toddler was probably not going to understand that concept, b.) I wanted this to just be fun, and c.) I don't want to coerce my child into being good just so that he'll get presents from Santa. I named our elf Elliott in order to stick with the "E" names (Emmett our son and Einstein our dog).
Read on to see my fun, easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for toddlers.
If you have followed me for long or you know me personally, you know I am a big book nerd. I love to read, and I especially love to read books that are set in other countries - books where I can be transported to far-off places as I lose myself in their pages. For those of you like me, who enjoy both reading and traveling, this is the article for you.
Read on to see a list of destinations for readers.
Though we were able to take a few short trips - San Antonio, New Orleans, Tampa, and Brenham - and two longer trips to Croatia and Scotland in 2022, we did not make it to all the places we had hoped we would. For 2023, we have set some tenacious travel goals. Will we be able to make it happen?
Read more to see our 2023 travel goals.
Books are a huge deal in our house. My personal stash includes more books than I care to admit (i.e. more books than I can possibly read in my lifetime). And we have a great collection of children's books for Emmett. Each year after Christmas, when I take down the Christmas decorations, I also box up the Christmas books to be pulled out again the following year. And each year, I add more Christmas books to Emmett's collection. This list includes some of our favorites, as well as some we are gifting him this year.
Click "read more" to See my list of favorite children's Christmas books.
For the past year and a half, we've been saying that "once the weather was nice," which in Texas is about 6 days in the fall and about 6 days in the spring, we would go tent camping with the new tent I bought Marvin for his first Father's Day. Finally, this past weekend, we headed to Fredericksburg, TX, to break out the new tent and spend some time outdoors.
Read more to see a packing list, a sample camping menu, and tips for camping with kids and dogs.
Emmett's birthday party this year was much more low-key than last year's party. This year, we utilized the pool instead of coming up with games and we kept the menu simple. With the help of our family and friends, it was still loads of fun, and Emmett had a great time (though he gets shy when he's in the spotlight).
Read more to See a complete list of the foods and decorations we used for Emmett's "Oh, TWOdles" Birthday Party!
* Written by guest blogger Leslie Campos, of Well Parents.
Going on vacation is a fun and exciting way to try something new. Going alone comes with both challenges and benefits. If you plan to trek out on your own, consider these six tips to help you make the most of your trip and stay safe during the process.
Read more to see six tips for safe solo travel.
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